Washington, DC, October 8, 2009
Climb the Cathedral's Central Tower at Twilight
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Climb 333 steps to the dizzying heights of Washington National Cathedral’s bell ringing chamber in the great central tower and watch D.C.’s monuments and landmarks light up from one of the highest points in the city.
During this twilight tour beginning at 6 pm on October 15, climbers will see carillon and peal bells—a rare sight since the Cathedral is the only place in North America that houses both kinds of bells. Light refreshments will be served.
The climb takes approximately one hour and is a rigorous activity. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to 6 pm. Tickets cost $25 per person and can be purchased through the web site, www.nationalcathedral.org. Please call (202) 537-3119 with questions about the tower climb.
Please note: no backpacks or infants are allowed on the tour; those with a fear of heights should not participate as many of the stairways are open spiral stairs; the tour is not appropriate for young children; please dress appropriately as the climb takes participants outside.
Washington National Cathedral is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and the second largest in the U.S. Its central tower is 676 feet above sea level, making its top the highest point in the District of Columbia. The tower overlooks one of the few, old growth forests still standing in the nation’s capital, Olmsted Woods, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.
SOURCE: Washington National Cathedral